Character Analysis Of Othello

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Othello is exemplified and referred to as an exceptional character that falls as the result of a tragic flaw. Othello; a black moor downfalls from a highly respected general to a jealous man who murders his own wife and himself. Othello is portrayed as a man that shows greatness; as a general from Venice who received high respect from his townspeople. However, Othello suffers from a moral dilemma, “jealousy.” Therefore he becomes convinced by a once trusted, scheming friend;Iago, that his wife, Desdemona, is unfaithful to him with his lieutenant, Cassio. In Othello mind he believes Desdemona should no longer live due to the thoughts that have been made up in his head regarding her unfaithfulness. In the end, Othello deals with love lost in…show more content…
Enter the manipulative character, Iago, as he takes over the play and exposed the hero’s tragic flaw; eventually being jealous and gullible. Although Othello is usually perceived a very firm man, his true identity can be unveiled when he refuses to let Iago persuade him to get angry at Roderigo in Act 2 Scene 1. Shakespeare demonstrates dramatic irony allowing readers to realize Othello’s tragic flaw for the fact that he hands his full trust over to a man who is two-faced and dishonest (Iago). “...My ancient; a man he is of honesty and trust. To this conveyance I assign my wife”. This line expresses Othello’s misunderstanding of his flag, Iago, who is already plotting against him for his own means. After witnessing Iago’s scheme with Roderigo at the downfall of Othello in the previous act, it suggests Iago is truly a villain. However in his innocence, Othello is blinded to it and by it. This was revealed by a simple influence by Iago. Even though Iago used intense manipulation to get Othello to be jealous, Iago did not really have to try very hard to get Othello to be jealous; Othello was blinded by his jealousy which led him constantly questioning Desdemona and his friend/officer,…show more content…
As the play progresses, and Iago ruins the mind of Othello more and more effectively, Othello becomes increasingly gullible. His emotion causes him to lash out and become weak in every way possible. Another flaw he faced was being one of the guys; he trusted the wrong person, Iago, and distrusted his wife because he was likely to base his trust on male friendship. He distrusted Cassio, at Iago's advice, because the claim against Cassio was one he

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